Visitors must hold a valid passport; a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) may be required in some cases. Find out if you need a visa or an eTA. You may also consult the nearest Canadian embassy, the consulate, a customs broker or your travel agent.

To obtain an invitation letter, you must first register and pay your registration in full. Following your registration, please make the request for an invitation letter by contacting us at

This procedure was developed to facilitate obtaining a visitor's visa or permission to attend the Congress, not for covering registration fees and other expenses. The letter of invitation in no way commits the Congress organizers to provide financial or other support.

If the participant's visa is rejected, registration fees will be totally reimbursed.

The legal currency is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bills are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars. Coins are available in 5, 10 and 25 cents coins, plus 1 and 2 dollars.

Canadian and US currencies are not at parity. US currency is accepted at most places with varying exchange rates. Consult for exchange rates. To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend that visitors obtain Canadian currency at the official exchange rate at a financial institution or travel agency when they arrive.

Canada uses the metric system.

The federal goods and services tax (GST) of 5% and the Québec sales tax (QST) of 9.975% are added to all purchases (taxes are subject to change). For more information, visit the websites of the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec.

In Canada, tips are not included on restaurant bills but are left to the customer's discretion. A tip of 15% of the total cost before taxes is recommended. We suggest you do the same for taxis.

Porters expect $1 per bag.

The Fairmont Château Frontenac has an indoor valet parking, accessible from St. Louis Street. Due to maintenance work in the parking, self-parking is not available for the moment. The parking’s maximum height is six feet (parking for higher vehicle is available at 50 Dalhousie Street).

Fees: $38 CAD per 24-hour period, including in and out privileges

Québec City is a small, welcoming and safe North American city. Québeckers have built a stable, peaceful society through their open, tolerant culture, with 400 years of incorporating influences from France and England, and now Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. As in all large cities, caution should still be used in order to avoid falling victims to petty crime.

In Canada, electricity is 110 volts, as in the rest of North America. Appliances from other countries outside North America require a power adaptor.

The fees for the Congress do not include any provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injury, sickness, theft, or property damage. This also applies to any event held during the Congress period. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to arrange for any insurance they consider necessary. Neither the Organizing Committee nor the agencies or partners involved in the organization of the Congress assume any responsibility for loss, injuries or damages to persons or belongings, whatever the cause may be. Access to health care is costly for non-residents and we therefore recommend that participants arrange their own travel insurance (health and accident coverage). We also recommend that you arrange insurance for lost luggage and other incidents.

Québec's climate is humid continental. February is the middle of the Québec winter. Temperature average is around -10 ° Celsius during the day.

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CONTACT US: CONGRESS SECRETARIAT  2600, boul. Laurier, suite 835 Québec (Québec) G1V 4W2 CANADA